I normally don’t post about serial killings. As I’ve stated in the past, I feel like the fans of ‘true crime’ who are into serial killers are a little too into serial killers if you know what I mean. However, this series of killings involves craigslist and you may know then as the Gilgo Beach murders.
The remains of 10 people, mostly women, were found near the Gilgo Beach area on Long Island in Suffolk County, New York. One of the women they found was Megan Waterman who I wrote about on this site. Back in 2010, she was working as an escort on craigslist when she disappeared. She had a 3-year-old daughter at home. Her body wasn’t found or identified until months later. Along with her body were the remains of others who had worked as craigslist escorts. To this day, no one has been charged with their murders.
More recently, one of the other victims have been identified and she is Valerie Mack of Philadelphia. Valerie was 24 when she went missing from the Philadelphia area in 2000. She was also said to allegedly be working as an escort. Investigators were able to identify her through genealogy testing. Valerie’s family members provided DNA samples which allowed investigators to identify her.
Suffolk County police have launched the website GilgoNews.com in order to provide news and hopefully solicit tips about the murders.
I feel like craigslist has been let off the hook by the media since they closed their erotic/adult services section back in 2010. However, for over a decade they allowed women and children to be trafficked for sex while they made money off of it without ever admitting any wrongdoing.